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Fleeing New York City, a failed marriage and a fragile mental history, artist Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine) moves to small-town Pennsylvania. There he becomes fascinated with the simple domesticity of a beautiful neighbor (Julia Stiles), watching her through the windows of her home --- until she invites him in for tea. A now mutual obsession triggers an affair that angers her boyfriend. When he vanishes, Robert becomes a murder suspect, gradually sensing he is the target of a larger plot.

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Critic Reviews for The Cry of the Owl

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (8)

Audience Reviews for The Cry of the Owl

  • Jul 31, 2011
    this movie was average it could of been better The ending left me wondering what was going to happen, the acting was good but the story-line wasn't that intense or thrilling to me. except for one scene that involves a dog licking blood.
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2011
    Actually kind of intriguing. The feeling of dread builds nicely throughout. I think this could make an interesting play.
    Laura C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    more of a psychological drama than a horror (misleading dvd cover). quite slow but well made & paddy considine puts in a reliably good performance
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2011
    During his divorce proceedings with Nickie(Caroline Dhavernas), Robert Forrester(Paddy Considine) is trying to start over at a new job at an aerospace company. After work one day, Greg(James Gilbert) bums some money off of him for a present for his girlfriend Jenny(Julia Stiles). With an equal mix of creepiness and curiosity, Robert plays Peeping Tom outside of her house until she spots him and invites him inside. The two quickly become friends. So much so, that Jenny dumps Greg and invites Robert hiking with some friends of hers. "Cry of the Owl" wants to desperately be a dark and offbeat film about the relationship between two damaged people but only gets about halfway there. A lot of that has to do with the performances of the leads. Paddy Considine, again proving he can do little wrong, hits the right notes playing a man uncomfortable in his own skin and whose timing is always off. And if only I could say the same thing about Julia Stiles who brings out little depth in her performance of an otherwise intriguing character. So, maybe it would have been better if she had switched roles with Caroline Dhavernas. Admittedly, that still would not have made up for the story's flaws or the failure to adequately recreate small town atmosphere.
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